William Wells Brown An African American Life

Author: Ezra Greenspan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393242005
Format: PDF
Download Now
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 'Biography' A groundbreaking biography of the most pioneering and accomplished African-American writer of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone’s, “rented” out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as “Sandy” reinvented himself as “William Wells” Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights. Ezra Greenspan’s masterful work, elegantly written and rigorously researched, sets Brown’s life in the richly rendered context of his times, creating a fascinating portrait of an inventive writer who dared to challenge the racial orthodoxies and explore the racial complexities of nineteenth-century America.

From Fugitive Slave to Free Man

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826214751
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
William Wells Brown spent the first twenty years of his life mainly in St. Louis and the surrounding areas working as a house servant, field hand, a tavern keeper's assistant, a printer's helper, an assistant in a medical office, and a handyman for James Walker, a Missouri slave trader. During his time with Walker, Brown made three trips up and down the Mississippi River. These trips allowed him to encounter slavery from every perspective and provided experiences he would draw on throughout his writing career.

The Works of William Wells Brown

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195309634
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
William Wells Brown is considered the first African-American novelist. This volume brings together the most vital and provocative of his non-fiction output.

The Narrative of William W Brown a Fugitive Slave

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486430973
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
An influential force in the abolition movement and a lasting testimonial to the injustice of slavery, Brown's Narrative was an instant bestseller upon its 1847 publication and remains essential reading. It offers a sincere and moving account of the author's experiences during the first 20 years of his life as a slave in Missouri.

Three Classic African American Novels

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
William Wells Brown, Frances E.W. Harper, and Charles W. Chesnutt, three black writers who bore witness to the experience of their people under slavery, create a portrait of black life in the 19th century in these three novels.

The Anthology of Early African American Literature

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Golgotha Press
ISBN: 1629171247
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
This giant anthology of African American literature includes some of the earliest published works of African American writers. It includes works by such writers as William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth. The following works are included in this collection: Clotel, or The President's Daughter Clotelle: A Tale of the Southern States Clotelle; or The Colored Heroine Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Our Nig My Bondage and My Freedom Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Negro Explorer at the North Pole The Negro Problem Three Years in Europe Twelve Years A Slave Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

Clotel or The president s daughter

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
Originally published in 1853, Clotel is the first novel by an African American. William Wells Brown, a contemporary of Frederick Douglass, was well known for his abolitionist activities. In Clotel, the author focuses on the experiences of a slave woman: Brown treats the themes of gender, race, and slavery in distinctive ways, highlighting the mutability of identity as well as the absurdities and cruelties of slavery. The plot includes several mulatto characters, such as Clotel, who live on the margins of the black and white worlds, as well as a woman who dresses as a man to escape bondage; a white woman who is enslaved; and a famous white man who is mistaken for a mulatto. In her Introduction, scholar Joan E. Cashin highlights the most interesting features of this novel and its bold approach to gender and race relations. This volume, the latest in the American History Through Literature series, is suitable for a variety of undergraduate courses in American history, cultural history, women's studies, and slavery.

Three Great African American Novels

Author: Frederick Douglass
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486118770
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
Three powerful African-American classics of strength and determination include The Heroic Slave, Frederick Douglass's piercing tale of a slave ship rebellion, plus Clotel by William Wells Brown, and Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson.

Clotel Other Writings

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781598532913
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
A collection in tribute to the pioneering African American novelist offers insight into his experiences with slavery and war and includes his signature novel, memoirs, play, travelogue, historical writings, speeches, and correspondence.